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Atul Butte

Ubiome has added Atul Butte to its scientific advisory board. Butte is currently director of the Institute of Computational Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also executive director of clinical informatics for UC Health Sciences and Services. Prior to moving to UCSF, he was chief of the Division of Systems Medicine and associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. He is also a founder of several biotech startups including Personalis, Carmenta, and NuMedii.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.